First Friday: Virtual “Stay at Home” Edition

We’re staying home, keeping our physical distance from others in the community, but downtown Dayton remains OPEN* with small businesses continuing to creatively operate through delivery and takeout services, and online sales and events.


Now, more than ever, is the time to keep a sense of normalcy in our lives, so we’re keeping our First Friday in downtown Dayton tradition alive by putting a virtual spin on it.

The Downtown Dayton Partnership has gathered a “menu” of activities, experiences and opportunities that you can partake in from the comfort of your own home. We encourage our community to schedule a “virtual date” with friends or family to interact with the Virtual First Friday together, while apart.

  • Order a takeout or delivery meal from one of the dozens of downtown restaurants committed to serving our community and keeping employees paid during this time. Most restaurants are operating on special delivery and takeout operations. Find the full OPEN* list here.
  • Shop from a local retailer who might not be able to have you in their store, but has a full lineup of goods and gift cards for sale online. Find that list here.
  • Explore a local museum, art gallery or theater group through a virtual tour of their interactive online posts, current displays or past works.

The Downtown Dayton Partnership will have the full list of activities all in one place and available on their Facebook event page here.

“Small business owners and the hundreds of workers they employ are the backbone of our community,  and right now is the time they need us to rally behind them,” said Sandy Gudorf, president of the Downtown Dayton Partnership.

You can support local by shopping at our small businesses. More than 120 listings are currently on the pages.

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